Stoa

Stoa is a lively and varied culture centre for East Helsinki situated by the metro station in Itäkeskus, next door to the Itis Shopping Centre. The high quality events at Stoa attract visitors of all ages from all over Helsinki. Stoa's programme includes Finnish and international contemporary dance and circus, theatre, music, children’s performances and exhibitions. Stoa’s auditorium is one of the best venues for contemporary dance in Helsinki.

City of Helsinki is responsible for events at Stoa.

Light in the East

Actually, Light in the East is the way we at Stoa think and develop our activities. Our objective is to unite Eastern Helsinki and network with the residents, art institutions and other local actors.



www.stoa.fi/en/light-in-th-east


Organisations

In addition to the Helsinki City Cultural Office, Stoa houses the following organisations:


Itäkeskus Library

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Adult Education Centre

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Youth Activity House Kipinä in Itäkeskus

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Swedish Adult Education Centre

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History

Stoa opened in 1984 under the name Itäkeskus Multifunction House. The name was changed in 1993 to Stoa the Cultural Centre of Eastern Helsinki. Stoa is the oldest of Helsinki’s local cultural centres.

The design of the building is based on the winning proposal of Björn Krogius and Veli-Pekka Tuominen, which won the design competition in 1977. A competition was also held in 1981 for the sculptures in front of the building. The blue Stoa sculpture by Hannu Sirén won first prize. Construction of the building began in 1983, and it was completed in November 1984.

Stoa’s Directors:
Irmeli Niemi 1984-1990
Katariina Metsälampi 1990-1991
Johanna Lindstedt 1991-1997
Paula Lehto 1997-2007
Paiju Tyrväinen 2007-2010
Tuula Yrjö-Koskinen 2011-2013
Riitta Aarniokoski 2014-2017
Ulla Laurio 2017-


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We are part of the City of Helsinki

In addition to Stoa, the City of Helsinki also provides services and cultural programmes at Kanneltalo in West Helsinki, at Malmitalo in North Helsinki, at Vuosaari House in Vuosaari, and at the Savoy Theatre, Annantalo Arts Centre and the international cultural centre Caisa in the centre of the city.